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Principle 7

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7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

Charity ‘It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.’ George Washington

The problem with this line of reasoning as promulgated by the teabagger crowd is that they equate taxes with charity.

Taxes are things you pay to help finance the Defense Department, public roads, schools, NASA and other scientific research, etc etc. Some of the tax money you pay goes to a social safety net which has been degraded for the last 30 years.

Most of the people who are protesting taxes have no idea who actually is paying the taxes. It’s the middle class, which is shrinking dramatically and has been since Reagan took the helm. Real income has gone DOWN in this country, while the tax burden has been increasingly shifted to the middle class and the filthy rich are getting obscenely rich.

This ‘principle’ is simply greed, and not much more. As in the rest of the ‘principles’ it doesn’t mean anything, it’s just another general statement that can be interpreted by Glenn Beck to mean whatever he wants it to mean in the context of whatever discussion he’s having. Again, how can a person with no principles have 9 of them?

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September 25th, 2009 at 6:02 am

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  1. > 7. “I work hard for what I have” and never mind that the environment in which I work, the tools with which I work and any customers for my work exist as the result of others. I don’t live in a vacuum or on a desert island. I live in a community and a country with government units that do for me some things I can’t do for myself, and it’s only fair and right that I pay TAXES to make my society work. I would rather charitably give to the poor directly or through taxes than be mugged or see people beg and starve in the street.
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    It should be noted that a key element of Christianity is humility. Those who claim to be Christians should feel that everything they have, from their health to their job, wealth and privilege, is due to God’s goodness, not their own efforts. To say, “I work hard for what I have” implies both the capacity and the opportunity to work hard, and also of course profitably. My father, a farmer, worked one lousy year for about zero net income. I worked for a year with a foreign maintenance crew who, if they did the same work where they came from, would earn maybe $20-30 per month. Hard work per se doesn’t bring about the expected pay. So it’s very inappropriate for someone who boasts that America is good and that he’s such a devout Christian to think that his earnings are due to his own efforts and spew blanket disparagement at the way our Caesar (govt) makes spending decisions. That’s not what his Messiah and the Apostles taught. As a preview of principle 9, we Americans are supposed to be our own Caesar.

    SwampOgre

    26 Sep 09 at 3:34 pm

  2. “I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to.”

    Only someone who thought the world owed him something would make that comment. Hard work does not guarantee choosing what is done with the product of one’s labor.

    Actually talk to some African Americans, preferably that you’ve never met, about what we expect in return for slavery. Really, don’t guess or prejudge, but go talk to some of us and learn from the descendants of some really hard working people and I bet you’ll come away with more respect for us as a people then you’ve been conditioned to regurgitate.

    BlessNo Gravatar

    14 Oct 09 at 9:48 am

  3. Thank you for your comment, Bless.

    The intention of this “principle” is to deny several real principles that ought to band us together as a nation by instead espousing the principle of greed. It denies that people do not have social and economic justice. For example, it’s in the news today that salaries in the financial industry are going to be higher this year than ever before, just months after Goldmann Sachs and others took taxpayer money by the billions.

    Now I know these folks at Goldmann and Aetna and GE at the top of the ladder who have destroyed the nation’s economy and slashed jobs by the millions and salaries by 50% in some cases, I know they believe that they “earn” their money while they sit in their offices and plot by the hour how to screw the rest of us. (Believe me, I’ve sat in meetings where that was the topic). But their puffed-up opinion of their own importance doesn’t actually mean squat. It’s the people down at the bottom of the ladder who actually work. Long hours, for crummy money, doing hard jobs that tear up our bodies and when we can’t do it any more they throw us on the scrap heap.

    This “principle” really galls me as someone who saw the corruption of corporations first hand, saw how they schemed against labor. And Beck, with his $18 million a year which could be classified as “money for nothin’” thinks he ought to take that all to the bank without paying taxes. Screw you, Glenn. I hope the tax rate for your bracket goes back to where it ought to be, 75%.

    Thanks again for your comment, Bless, I will be updating this page as time permits.

    adminNo Gravatar

    15 Oct 09 at 5:48 am

  4. Hello again,
    Just thought you might want to see something interesting. You remember that little ‘Restoring Honor’ rally Beck had back at the end of August last year? Guess who footed the bill for it: The Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Link here: http://www.specialops.org/news/35610/Glenn-Becks-Restoring-Honor-Rally-Supports-Special-Ops-Troops-and-Families.htm

    This charity helps families of wounded veterans with college expenses (Or so one would think.). Another thing that should be pointed out is one of the members of the Board of Directors, Erik Prince (Yup, the Blackwater guy), which might also explain WHY they funded this rally. I would have thought that it would have been the other way around.

    At this point, any and all talk about charity from that talking head is basically null and void, as much of the money the charity raised went right to his own pocket.

    I find it to be absolutely despicable that Beck would even pull a stunt like this, but worse yet is the fact that not one dime of the money raised went to help families of fallen soldiers.

    So much for ‘restoring honor’, eh Glenn?

    MichaelNo Gravatar

    5 Mar 11 at 9:09 am

  5. MichaelNo Gravatar

    5 Mar 11 at 9:11 am

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